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2GB and 15 years

August 9, 2008

In the background, a Micropolis 2.1GB differential SCSI drive. In the foreground, a 2GB MiniSD card. The difference between them: 15 years, something north of 5 pounds, and $900. Go Moore’s Law! In retrospect, I’m surprised my beige box PC had enough juice to spin that thing.

I wish I recorded the startup sounds that drive made prior to extracting the platters, head assembly, and rare earth magnets. I recall it sounding something like a crash and helicopter. Would have made a great music video.


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